House Speaker Paul Ryan Briefs Reporters CSPAN May 25, 2017 1:16pm-1:32pm EDT
the speaker: republicans and democrats are taking action to protect the most vulnerable and punish those who abuse them. with these initiatives, we will go after child sex offenders and make sure that survivors have the highest protection under the law. second, ahead of memorial day, we are tackling bipartisan challenges and taking bipartisan action to help our veterans and their families. it is especially good news we are making progress on fixing the long standing problems with the v.a. claims backlog. we are dealing with our own constituents and their problems. veterans have bills to pay and families to support. the last thing they have to deal with is endless bureaucracy and that has gone on with the v.a. with this claims backlog. if you have been involved working on these cases, it is heart wrenching to see a veteran who needs health care gets stuck
in this claims backlog. the initiative that the house passed this week with bipartisan unanimous support will expedite the process so veterans can have peace of mind and get rid of this claims backlog. i want to talk about a very important health care report. it's a report from the department of health and human services. it's the data point report. the department of health and human services has released an analysis that says since obamacare went into effect, average premiums have more than doubled nationwide. since obamacare went into effect, average health care premiums have doubled nationwide. remember, remember tw when president obama said it would ower premiums by up to $2,500. under obamacare average premiums have gone up by nearly $3,000. $2,500, did not drop by
but have gone up by $3,000. just yesterday, a new shoe drops every week on obamacare. just yesterday blue cross and blue shield said it will pull out of 32 counties in kansas and missouri and affect 67,000 people, setting all the losses it had taken over 2016, the company said and i quote, this is unsustainable. this is exactly why we are on a rescue mission. between premiums surging up and choices going away, obamacare is on an unsustainable path. the blue cross blue shield are the nonprofits and typically the last. when they are pulling out of kansas and missouri, we have a serious problem. this law is in the middle of a collapse. we need to bring down the cost of coverage. and we need to revitalize the market so people have real choices and real access to
affordable health care. that's what our plan will do. we'll give you a copy of this ortfer -- this report or go to hhs.gov. [inaudible] the speaker: there is never a call for physicalal ter occasion. there is no time that should occur with the press or just between human beings. so that is wrong and should not have happened. should the gentleman apologize? yeah, i think he should apologize. he has his own version and will have more to say, but there is no call for this under any circumstance. the people of the state of montana are going to decide today. if he wins, he has been chosen by the people of montana who their congressman is going to
be. i'm going to let the people of montana to decide who they want. that's not our choice. reporter: you have a choice of whether he is part of your conference, that is a choice you can make. the speaker: the choice is made by the people of montana. that is not acceptable behavior. waiting for a c.b.o. report and got it and said yesterday it was good news, why do we have so many rank and file republicans beating the living tar out of the c.b.o. you were the committee chair. the speaker: i have seen it. i have been doing budgeting around here for a long time. $23 nk what it is is the
million -- 23 million claim -- the fact that c.b.o. said we hit our budget target and the bill is in compliance with reconciliation instructions. number two, what i'm encouraged what the c.o. says, we are going drop premiums and get the flexibility to get premiums down. we see a law collapsing and a new study from h.h.s. saying premiums have doubled in america because of obamacare. people can't afford this. the reforms we put in this bill will help lower premiums. i'm encouraged by that. i think what members are frustrated with is, what's behind the c.b.o. analysis about who gets insured and doesn't get insured, leave it up to the
person, they will make a choice. the government is going to stop forcing people to buy something. then they won't buy it. that's what c.b.o. is sagan that lack of clarity -- i think that answered your question. indiscernible] the speaker: i just explained it. reporter: following it up on the c.b.o. report and found premiums would go down but in the market that applies the waivers there may not be nyack cease for -- the speaker: let me explain what this means -- reporter: premiums would go up for older and sicker people. the speaker: if a state takes a waiver in order to get a waiver has to have a risk system in place. we have experience with this
where i come from. maine had risk sharing. a state has to have a risk system in place and that is designed to make sure that people with a catastrophic illness, someone who has a pre-existing condition gets access to affordable health care. and what we have learned through experience is if we target resources at the state and federal level to help make sure we subsidize catastrophic illnesses, what you end up doing, you lower the premiums for everybody else. what obamacare tried to do is force younger healthier people to pay way more for their health insurance than they otherwise would have paid and that would cost subsidize everybody else. it didn't happen. it didn't work. they are not buying the health insurance. and as a result, the health insurers are collapsing. blue cross, blue shield is pulling out.
iowa, there are no plans left in iowa because obamacare collapsed and it is collapsing. let's just be smart about this. what do we want? what do we all want? everybody who doesn't get health care from medicare or medicaid or from their job, we want them to get access to affordable health care. don't force young families to overpay for their health insurance because we are finding out they are not. let's let people buy insurance that is priced competitively and give people more choice, have more competition. let's states be innovative like my own state was before obamacare and give direct support to people with catastrophic illnesses and subsidize those so they get affordable and comprehensive coverage and don't get bankrupt and we free up the marketplace for everybody else to get lower
premiums. that's what the waivers are about. giving the states flexibility to do this. and the c.b.o. report shows we will lower premiums. we have two problems, we have to get premiums down and people with pre-existing conditions can get affordable coverage. reporter: would the premiums would go up? the speaker: i just answered your question. reporter: the treasury secretary called for a clean debt ceiling. but wants something done by august. where do you stand? the speaker: we are talking with our members. every treasury secretary says this and every treasury secretary needs to say this. i expect nothing less from the treasury secretary. they all do say that. and we are going to be talking with our members and administration how to resolve the debt ceiling issue. it will get resolved.
the time thing. receipts aren't what people thought they were and secretary mnuchin is moving the timetable up. reporter: nice to see you. on the c.b. specifically, the language that they use when it comes to premiums, it says do you ensure how sicker americans that they won't be priced out? the speaker: the report doesn't fully get or state is states put their own part of this as well. this is what this analysis forgets which is we are for the first time ever proposing to put billions of dollars from the federal government for risk systems in states, whether it's a risk pool, re-insurance. what is important to note states do their own part of this as well. in wisconsin, we had an
assessment on all the health insurance plans. we had an agreement among providers that we would have a certain fee schedule that they agreed to. i think maine had and assessment on their health insurance plans. you don't look at the risk share or risk pool idea, federal alone, remember the states will also do some of the lifting. the states like my state will have an assessment on plans and agreement with providers. so we will have federal resources and state resources which taken together will improve the situation. we had a very successful risk pool in wisconsin. our deputy insurance commissioner came up and testified as much. it was very successful and didn't have a dime of federal spending. so worst thing is, let's do even more of that. let's have these states put together their own risk systems like they had successfully in the past and add federal financing so it's even better.
reporter: just to be very clear about this, you are saying state will do it he so the c.o. rojection talking about high premiums. the speaker: look what these states did. you have to give the states ability to customize solutions. the health insurance system provider network insurance system in wisconsin is different than it is in new york let alone new mexico, tech as, california or maine. give these states to customize, support and now for the first time we are going to add federal dollars to this. we think it is a wlot smarter to subsidize the care for people with catastrophic illness. it drives 23% of the cost, just 1%. as a society agrees at the state and federal level, we are going to cover those costs, extra resources, because if we do
that, we do two things, peace of mind with people with pre-existing conditions and catastrophic illnesses and work in that state and lower premiums for everybody else because the insurance does not have to cover that strooe catastrophic illnesses and stabilize the insurance markets. not only is that an unstable individual insurance market, we have a collapsing individual insurance market and this is a rescue mission. thank you very much everybody. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org